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Weird Al's career first

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 01:42

The singing comedian scores his first number one Billboard album. Alicia Powell reports.

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After 14 albums Weird Al Yankovic earns his first number one album on the U.S. Billboard chart with "Mandatory Fun." SOUNDBITE: "Weird Al" Yankovic, singer, saying (English): "It means a lot to me. I'm extremely excited and I'm grateful for the supoort of the fans." The singing comedian first gained notoriety with his spoof of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" in 1983. Thirty-one years later Weird Al is surviving by tapping into social media. SOUNDBITE: "Weird Al" Yankovic, singer, saying (English): "I wanted to do something that would appeal to the online community, and on the internet things get chewed up and spit out pretty quickly, so I wanted to do something where people could get excited about it and then the next day, instead of being bored they would have something else to look forward to." The 54-year-old released one new song a day for eight days running, beginning on July 14 with "Tacky," a celebrity-filled video spoof of Pharrell's hit, "Happy." And the result? It sold 104,000 copies sold in its first week, making it the first comedy album to reach number one since 1963. Although he is seeing much more competition in the parody realm from thousands of YouTube users, Yankovic views it as motivation. SOUNDBITE: "Weird Al" Yankovic, singer, saying (English): "I wish I had YouTube when I was starting out. All it does really for me is it means I need to step up my game, make sure that I can rise above the crowd and I won't always go for the most obvious idea. I'll have to make myself a little bit more unique." As if Weird Al could be described as anything but unique.

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Weird Al's career first

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 01:42